November 24, 2023

24.11.2023 – Kurdish Journalist Faces Deportation from Switzerland Despite Asylum Plea

According to Kurdish sources, journalist and activist Ahmed Azad Çağan from Türkiye / Turkey, who sought asylum in Switzerland, is currently detained in Basel, Switzerland facing imminent deportation. Despite applying for asylum last year, Çağan was taken into custody on 6 November 2023, sparking concern among Kurdish communities in Switzerland.

Kurdish communities in Switzerland have formed a freedom initiative, urging authorities not to deport Çağan and calling for his release. A protest in front of the Immigration Office in Bern, Switzerland was staged on Monday 13 November 2023, demanding assurance of Çağan’s safety and the protection of freedom of expression.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is monitoring this case.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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